Ancient Israel : From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple 4th Edition
John Merrill, Hershel Shanks, editors
Publication Date
June 2021


Ancient Israel, now in its fourth edition, is the widely acclaimed leading history of ancient Israel written by the world's foremost biblical scholars and archaeologists. Each chapter has been updated and expanded to incorporate a decade's worth of outstanding new discoveries and fresh scholarly perspectives. Also features student-friendly content and enhancements, including informative sidebars that delve deeper into the field's most exciting findings and debates. 


• EASY TO READ for the non-academic reader 

• ABUNDANT vivid images 

• NOTES for further research 


Andrea M. Berlin, Manfred Bietak, Jennie Ebeling, Melody D. Knowles, André Lemaire, John Merrill, Eric M. Meyers, and Gary A. Rendsburg 

About the Editors 

John Merrill is a Contributing Editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. He has sponsored and participated in numerous archaeological investigations of ancient Israel, with emphasis on the Hasmonean, Herodian, and Roman periods. 

Hershel Shanks is the late Editor Emeritus of Biblical Archaeology Review and the founder of the Biblical Archaeology Society. With more than 40 years in the specialized field of biblical archaeology, he was the top communicator of the subject to a general audience via his magazines, learning resources, and conferences. 


• General public • Bible enthusiasts • Church and synagogue leaders 

• Classroom use: Undergraduate/graduate/seminary